... feminist, atheist, autistic academic and historic narrowboater ...
Likes snooker, beer, tea, rivets and solitude, and is strangely fascinated by the cinema organ.
And there might be something about railways.

Monday 24 October 2011

A floating house with a lovely (if slightly leaky) back cabin attached

It's been a long and convoluted process, with its share of disappointments, but it's all turned out for the best.

Yes, I have bought a butty; at least, I have paid over the money, so I hope it is safe to make the announcement. It is Bakewell, with a big steel conversion, commodious and rather well equipped, to make our boat dwelling lives easier.

I got the impulsive idea of getting a butty, ready converted, when I saw Bodmin advertised on Apollo Duck. We went and saw it, and hummed and hawed and hesitated, and as we were about to make an offer, someone else got in first. For a few days we were horribly disappointed. I'd seen Bakewell advertised, but the price seemed to be out of our reach. Then it was suggested that an offer might be considered, especially from a potential good home, so we went and had a look.

Well, it was much better than Bodmin on most counts; particularly the fit out, and the interior of the back cabin, which is reputedly original. Although its 'new' steelwork is a few years older than Bodmin's, it still has its original (repaired) knees, which Bodmin has apparently lost. While Bodmin was ahead in having a new Stockton Dry Dock steel backcabin, Bakewell's is more Waterways Ply than Warwickshire Fly, and will need replacing as a matter of some urgency, but oh, what an interior!

All the photos are taken from the Warwickshire Fly ad. by the way but I'm sure they won't mind.

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  1. How exciting! Congratulations!

  2. Very nice, congratulations!

  3. pair don't hold back when you have a plan do you...

    I look forward to seeing the pair on the cut ....I'm sure it will be an impressive sight.

    Nev NB Waterlily

  4. Gosh, good, at least Jim won't have to sleep in a tent in the hold now :-)

  5. hope you will both be very comfortable in your new home.The back cabin looks wonderfull.